Polo-Calderon v. Corporacion Puertorriqueña de Salud
United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
992 F. Supp. 2d 53 (2014)
Jonathan Polo-Echevarria (Polo) (plaintiff) worked as a hospital clerk for Corporacion Puertorriqueña de Salud (CPS) (defendant). Polo’s supervisor at CPS, Joaquin Rodriguez Benitez (Rodriguez) (defendant), allegedly sent Polo sexual text messages and invitations from anonymous accounts. When Polo discovered that Rodriguez was behind the messages and complained about Rodriguez’s behavior, Polo was fired. Polo and his father, Claudio Polo-Calderon (plaintiff), sued CPS and Rodriguez for sexual harassment in federal district court. During discovery, CPS and Rodriguez obtained information from Polo regarding Polo’s sexuality and his involvement in texting relationships with other men. CPS and Rodriguez filed a motion indicating their intent to introduce that information as evidence at trial. CPS and Rodriguez claimed that the evidence was relevant to Polo’s credibility and character, the identity of the user behind the anonymous accounts, and the issue of whether Polo welcomed the allegedly harassing behavior.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Besosa, J.)
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